I have been section hiking the AT and use a ground cloth (Tyvek) and tarp combination versus a tent. I really liked the weight and pack size of this compared to the amount of coverage you get. I had plenty of room for myself, gear, and enough space to cook under it if I wanted. My comment about the ties is that there are three cotton ties (think really fat short shoelaces) that are sewn into the ridgeline of the tarp. The cotton base shows on the other side and just looks like it could have been covered. No functional issue, just detail that I didn't like. I run a guy line the length of the tarp versus tying to the grommets on the ends as I don't like the idea of stretching the fabric. I use a couple very small bungees to lightly tension the tarp and this works very well even in strong wind. Mine also came in a little mesh bag, love little bags for everything!
This is the tarp I've been looking for
This is a great tarp...the material is well suited to its purpose, the grommets are sturdy, and it's very lightweight. It's probably not robust enough to use as a ground tarp, but for that price, who would want want to. I've used this tarp as a windbreak on the beach, a primitive shelter in the mountains, and a gear cover everywhere I go. I would have given it five stars, but I still can't get used to paying [$] for a tarp. But that's what I get for being born when gas was 31 cents a gallon!
Ties across middle are a nice touch. Pitches well and keeps out the wind and rain. Expansive room for one, comfortable for two. I sealed the seams with silnet and used it in light mist the same day. Very light and packable. 1x3x7 when folded and compressed. The grommets are plentiful along the edge but are a little too small to accommodate sticks as pegs. I would prefer ties instead of grommets but it is nothing that can't be overcome with a little paracord.
Bought this for a 3 week backpacking trip, 160 miles in NC in April. Sturdy perimeter grommets at 2' on center along with 3 tie straps in the body at the ridge line make this versatile and easy to set up. One night used it as a wind break in 50mph winds and was pleasantly surprised to see that it could take it. Buy it -- it's worth the money. "Never leave home without it!"
Perfect for that Emergency Shelter
This tarp is exactly what I need. At 1 pound, it fits the requirements I need on the trail, as a ground cloth in the shelters of the Appalachian Trail, or a tarp over my hammock.
I seam sealed the one and only seam down the middle of the tarp and its ready to do its thing.
I think you will enjoy this product and put it to good use.
Super lightweight and water resistant
The 8x10 size is very versatile and the SilNylon makes it extremely lightweight. I used it as a cooking shelter on a 5-day hike in Colorado this summer and it worked out great for two people. The grommets and ties allow for many pitching options. Don't forget to seal the stitching on the outside where the ties meet the SilNylon, otherwise moisture will seep through the middle of the tarp.
Backup shelter for winter hikes
We needed a lightweight tarp as cover in case we had to bivy out on a winter AT hike. We did made the shelter, and the tarp came in handy as an additional wind break. We're satisfied with the quality, and are looking forward to checking out the waterproofing this summer in the Olympics.
excellent weight but...
My son has one and its great for wind break and sleeping tent/tarp and was about the size expected. the one I received was supposed to by 8 X 10 but the acutal size was 8 x 9. I dont mind a few inches but 12?? Hopefully I jut got a bad one.
Great lightweight shelter
This kept me dry on a wet April backpacking trip at the Washington coast. You just have to be aware of the wind direction and set your tarp up so that the wind won't blow it down. It is so lightweight and easy to pack. I will definitely use it again.
Love this tarp!
Used this tarp on a 4 day backpack trip and poured rain on one of those nights. Seam did start leaking after hours of rain, but I hadnt seamed sealed either so my fault there. Im probably putting the tent away for good and going with the tarp from now on!